We are a dynamic sailing and powerboat club for LGBT+ people, their families and friends. Active since 1980, the club is open to anyone who wants to get afloat with like-minded people. 

We are now in our 40th year; we had planned to celebrate our Ruby Jubilee with a series of special events but many of these will have to wait until next year... Ruby+1... visit our events page to find out more!

Welcome from the Commodore

"Thanks for visiting our virtual clubhouse!  You've probably gathered, we're a club for LGBT+ people and their friends and family.  The Club means a lot to me and I'm extremely proud to have taken the helm in 2019, having been a member for just over fifteen years.  It was originally set up in the early 80's by a chap who wanted to be able to sail without the pretence of hiding his true self from his crewmates.  He and group of likeminded sailors met covertly, not knowing they were founding an inclusive sailing community that would continue to thrive over the next forty years!  That's why it means so much to me; I love to see a group of friends from a cross-section of the LGBT+ community, bonding through their shared love of messing about in boats!  If you're considering joining, please explore the site and social media posts and, if you like what you read, I hope to see you out on the water soon to help us celebrate our Ruby Jubliee!"

David – S&CA Commodore

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Member Benefits

  Sail with like minded people.

  Increase your skills

  Extend your network of friends

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The Club was selected as a finalist in RYA Club of the Year Awards in 2011.

Watch the video above.

The RYA recognised the value of the ‘virtual’ club concept: “With no fixed club house, the organisation is still able to reach out to its members, both domestically and overseas and, with an extensive annual activities programme, the organisation brings like-minded sailors together in a professionally run, friendly and fun club.”


We have around 450 members in the UK and beyond, with over 120 members owning boats of all shapes and sizes. All our members share a common interest in yachting (sail and power), whether it is to skipper their own boat, crew for others or get together to charter, either at home or overseas.

Experience ranges from ocean going yacht skippers to the complete novice, and from sprightly youngsters to those of more mature years. We have a thriving women’s section with a growing number of female boat owners.


We encourage potential members to come along to our monthly socials and events to see how the Club is run.

A series of events afloat are organised (at least one a month during the season) and we try to match crew with skippers who have spare berths.

Members regularly organise their own outings and invite others via the Club's Crew Match facility and online Member Directory

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